Former Titan Gibbens Shines for Finnish Club
Aug. 18, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Former Cal State Fullerton women's soccer standout Jenae Gibbens has signed on to play for PK-35 Vantaa in the Finnish First Division, continuing her stellar soccer career overseas.
Founded in the eastern part of the country in 1935, PK-35 competes in the second-highest league in Finland and features an international flair as Gibbens joins three Nigerians and two other Americans on the roster. The team played in Helsinki following World War II, but the club's men's and women's first teams were moved to neighboring Vantaa beginning this season.
PK-35 is currently in second place with seven matches remaining, just three points behind the leaders, FC Sport. Gibbens has already appeared in two matches, entering the match in the second half and scoring a goal off a corner kick in her debut while playing all 90 minutes and earning a card in her second appearance.
Gibbens played three seasons for the Titans from 2006-08, starting all but two of her 59 career matches and earning All-Big West Conference First-Team honors as a junior and senior as well as second-team laurels as a sophomore. She was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and twice earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors - including a spot on the first team as a senior.
She finished her collegiate career with seven goals and 10 assists - including a career-best 13 points as a senior on three game-winning goals and seven assists, the latter ranking in a tie for second all-time in school history for a single-season.